Edmonton likely to host matches, as North America wins bid

Robbie Williams is excited to be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams is excited to be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony

Morocco secured 65 votes, with the one remaining going to "none of the bids".

Canada has bid once before in 1986, but it failed. However, Shanks expects soccer's popularity to continue to grow in the USA within the next eight years.

The 2026 World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time and will be the first with 48 teams taking part. Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup. The tournament has been jointly hosted only once before, by Japan and Korea in 2002.

This will lead to varying temperatures and conditions, depending on where games are played. They had done presentations for the five other confederations on Monday.

On paper, the two bids are worlds apart. Stadiums, accommodation and transport were all deemed "high risk" but Morocco said it had plans to spend up to $16 billion to shore up its deficits ahead of the tournament.

The bid also proposed Boston as a potential host for a semifinal matchup, signaling that it might be a preferred venue.

The average stadium capacity for the tournament is 55,000, with the largest the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, best known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team.

Both Mexico and Canada are expected to host 10 matches with three host cities each.

The West African pair of Nigeria and Senegal, added to the North African trio of Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, will represent the continent in Russian Federation, all aiming to better the quarter-final mark achieved by Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).

Hard numbers aside, it is a vote with Gibraltar having the same say as China. Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee.

President Donald Trump's negative comments on African countries and his bid to tighten immigration restrictions on some nations have likely helped Morocco's cause. This effort was an enormous priority for former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and his successor Carlos Cordeiro and the victorious effort could be an enormous boost to the sport in the United States.

"No one has said to us they're not voting for us because of who we have in the White House". The national team's failure to qualify for the World Cup was embarrassing for the team and its fans. Infantino said Wednesday that discussions about the issue will be held in the weeks to come but added that CONCACAF, and not the FIFA Council, will make the decision.

"There's a pair of socks that I like to wear for these type of situations", he said in an interview. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup.

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